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How a Simple Life Can Make You Happier

Updated on August 27, 2010

I sit here looking at an empty chair overlooking the sea and wondering why I shouldn't be sitting there.

Oceans, bays, rivers and any body of water is my dream in life. My dream, to be able to have those beautiful seas at my back door and to be able to see them each and everyday.

I don't know about anyone else, but to be near or on the water is such a stress reliever to me. To be able to smell the salt air and listen to the waves as they crash onto the beach.

Life is so full of stress, coming at all of us each and every way. It seems like no matter were we go, at least for me there is some kind of stress or problem that is bothering us.

Imagine if we could change all of that into something positive and figure out just how a simple life can make you happier. There is always a way to try to relieve stress in our lives, but for so many of us, we are afraid to make a change in our life even knowing it will help to be stress free.

I have made my mind up that I have had enough with the stress that seems to follow me each and everyday. So, the question is, "what am I going to do about it?"

Well, I can't just sit around and expect a miracle to happen and the stress that I created on my own will disappear.

Everyone loves the finer things in life , but there is a price to pay for those things. We all love the beautiful homes that we live in, but the mortgage payments come around real fast every month.

We all love to ride around in our expensive sports cars and fancy luxury cars, but there we have that monthly car payment. I'm not saying that these things are not nice to have, but many people buy these things when they know they really can't afford them. The banks have no problem lending us the money because of the interest they make on the loan of course.

When people buy these nice items, some forget that they will be paying for them for many many years, unless you are fortunate enough to have the money and pay cash. That would be awesome, but there aren't many people out there that are in that situation, at least people I know.

As we get up each and every morning we say, "man I hate to have to go to work" but I have to in order to pay all these bills that I have put on myself. As we all know, if you don't pay them the banks will come to our rescue and take the idem right from us. One way or another they will get their money back that they were so nice to lend us.

So many people I know are out to beat or keep up with the Joneses, as they say. Always trying to have one up on the next guy and by doing so we just dig ourselves into more debt.

In my opinion living a simple life can relieve so much stress that our bodies really don't need. Everything can not be just perfect I know, but we can make it some what easier on ourselves to live simple and not tie ourselves down with unnecessary bills just to impress someone else.

Do you really think that someone else cares? No, they don't, they may just ask themselves, "I wonder how they can afford that?" Little do they know some of us can not afford that nice thing or things.

What I am aiming for,as so many other people are, is to be debt free. Easier said than done right?.

My plan of action is to get rid of all the unnessary things that I aquired all through the years. Put the old house up for sale. Sell what cars I don't need and THEN... Live on a boat. I know you think I'm crazzy but I have done it before when first married and it was a blast. It seemed to be just right for the wife and I, until the first child was born. That was thirty years ago. so, I have given myself anough time to go under with all those bill of the nice house, nice cars etc.

Now it's time to relive what I had thirty years ago, The children are grown and gone, so there is no reason whatsoever to hang around and worry and be stress out on someting that can be resolved with the willingness to do so.

When I purchase our boat to live on, every thing will be paided from what I have sold to get to this point.  No taxes to pay, only your dock fee and electric and of course your daily living expenses.  the thing about boating is that you are not tied to one place.  If you choose to take a trip you simply untie the line and take you home with you.  It;s is truly a different and great life.  It's not for everyone of course, but it certainly my cup of tea for sure. 

What I am really trying to say to everyone is " if you what a stress free life and live your live in peace, you have to make some drastic changes in you life style and life itself. Some may love the way they life is and maybe they don't have those worries may of us have and that's great for you, but the ones that have the stress need to do something about it.

Stress will adventualy kill you, and when you look at the situation, "is it really worth all the fine things in life and the headaches of paying for them?.

As all my followers know and others that have read my hubs, I write mostly about my addiction to alcohol and ways I found to help me get clean and sober.

The truth of the matters is, now being sober I truly can see what life should be ann I have wasted to much time with my friend "Alcohol Demon" and it time to change and live stress free.

Sober as I am now and with this game plan in place, I will now feel that life is truly worth living and to be able to do it with no stress will make me and the family live a happier life.

Think about your life and maybe you will be able to make some changes as I am to free yourselve from the everyday stress in life.


Although this Yacht is quite expensive, it will be worth every penny to have the freedom and a truly Happy Live living stress free. This is only my idea of a Happy Life. It's a little on the expensive side, but so are the large homes and those fancy cars.





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    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      my sister was only 38 and her daughter was 4 at the time....... You are lucky to be around, and great that you want to help others, nice to chat in the forums too.

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ Joy56 I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. This is exactly why I try to put my experiences and my heart into my writing to hopefully help someone with an addiction problem before it may be too late. Yes I will never give up writing about my journey from addiction to sobriety. God Bless you and your family and Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas and a Safe, Healthy and Happy 2011 :)

    • Joy56 profile image


      8 years ago

      Having lost a sister to the demon drink.... I am interested in your journey. My life is cluttered emotionally rather than with things..... I do live in a peaceful little beach place, and at the gym today, i was the only one in the pool, and a few others at the gym. I looked out over the beach and saw a horse galloping along, and realised i could be living in a lot worse places. I am looking forward to getting to know you better through your hubs, and hope when you get your boat you will take along your lap top, and keep writing on hub pages. God Bless. x

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have been weeding out clutter in my life on several levels. It feels so liberating. Why do we hold on to stuff we either dont need or have room for. It isn't easy to "let go". But my home is taking on such a peaceful almost sanctuary type of feeling and look and I love it and I need it. People are important - not things.

      Your hub was so good to read. Motivating and with support. Thank you, my friend.

    • embee77 profile image


      8 years ago

      What a great dream. I'm trying to formulate my own now. Thanks for the ideas. Simple is good!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Fucsia, isn't funny how we can get along with very little if we really put our minds to it. I know I have way to much stuff and can't wait to start weeding out what I don't need. My Dad always said to me when I was young...."If you have to look at something twice to know if you need it, you don't need it". Wish I would have listened. Your idea sounds great too. Enjoy your house in the woods and relax!

    • fucsia profile image


      8 years ago

      In my dream of a simple life I have a wooden house in the woods and I spend my time reading lying on a hammock and cultivate land, encircled by a lot of cats! Actually for now I prefer to live among the people, but I have chosen the same a simple life, a little also for necessity. And things that seemed necessary magically are no longer!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Hi Martie and thanks for the comment. I can't wait to get everything together and move ahead with my plans. I guess one has to be cut out to be a boater. Many of my friends and relatives don't like boating, but love the snow. Not me, Florida for me.

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Go for it! I would have loved to live next to a river or a lake, or have a view on the sea. But not ON it in a boat. Or what am I talking? I'm sure you will be the happiest couple in that boat.


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